Week 1: Faith

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Written by Heather Croft

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– 2 Peter 1:5-8

Scripture Reading

Devotional

Faith by definition means complete trust or confidence in someone or something. You may say, “I have faith that the Braves are going to win”, and you base that faith on trusting that their previous performance will carry on to the next game for a victory. Or you may say, “I have faith that I am going to receive a promotion” because you trust that the answers you gave during the interview were the right ones. But what does it mean to have faith in Christ?

Romans 10:17 says “So, faith comes from hearing, that is hearing the good news about Christ.”

The very moment you believe and accept that God came to this earth in human form as Jesus and that He died on the cross for our sins is the first act of faith in Christ in your life. Hebrews 11:1 speaks to the assurance of what we cannot see. You haven’t seen Christ physically with your eyes, but you are trusting that this good news is true and that we aren’t meant to live this life alone without Christ; and ultimately get to spend eternity with Him in heaven.

It’s no coincidence that in 2 Peter 1, Peter is writing to all believers who share this same faith. In verse 5, Peter lists faith as the first step in spiritual maturity before any of the virtues that follow. Faith is our foundation in growing closer to God. As we feed our faith through reading scripture, recognizing God’s promises, and inviting the Holy Spirit into our lives, we are given an assurance that His plan for us is real, and we trust that His plan is for our good. So much so, that even if things do not go the way we planned or hoped, we still have an overwhelming sense of peace in our heart.

Discussion Questions

  • How would you currently rate your faith with Christ on a scale from 1-10?

    • What is preventing you from getting to 10?

  • Share a time, or an event, where you had little faith?

    • What was the outcome?

    • How did you feel?

  • What would it take for you to develop an “even if” faith in Christ?